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SportStuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England

23:15  05 september  2019
23:15  05 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Stuart Broad knows all about dropped catches, especially at slip – and especially off his own bowling. But that hasn't stopped him from keeping the faith.

In the split second between Tim Paine's wild drive in the first over after lunch and Jason Roy's botched effort at second slip, Broad's eyes lit up, as if hope had trumped expectation. Perhaps he should have known better.

To groans around Old Trafford – a noise that would become familiar as the afternoon wore on and Steve Smith ground England down – the catch was spilled.

Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Stuart Broad vents his frustration after seeing a catch dropped but the bowler impressed

Broad briefly looked aghast, before remembering he had been here before. Familiarity can breed weariness, as well as contempt.

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England fall four wickets short of beating Australia to level the Ashes despite Jofra Archer picking up three more scalps after Ben England have to now turn their attention to third test at Headingley on Thursday. Bowler Stuart Broad couldn't muster up one of his magical spells to bowl the Aussies out.

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It was thought to be the 103rd chance gone begging off his bowling since his debut in December 2007, on a Colombo pitch so flat it ought to have prepared him for the heartbreak ahead.

Consider this: of his 461 Test wickets, 303 have been caught, which means fielders have spurned more than a quarter of the chances he has created.

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Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England
Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England

Really, though, it's worse than that, because 111 of the 303 catches have been by the wicketkeeper. So when it comes to opportunities for fielders who don't have the benefit of wearing gloves, Broad has a roughly one-in-three chance of being backed up.

And records kept by OPTA suggest that, since the start of 2008, he has suffered 20 more drops than the next unluckiest bowler – Jimmy Anderson, as it happens, confirming the butter fingers that often leave England needing to conjure up 12 or 13 wicket-taking moments per innings.

Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There were concerns England might struggle without the injured James Anderson Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The emergence of Jofra Archer as a key player for England had put Broad's place under threat

It's enough to turn a man to slow bowling – although that thought might have lasted as long as it took Jack Leach to have the wicket of Smith chalked off because of a no-ball.

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Broad finished his work on Thursday with an ill-deserved tonking from Mitchell Starc, who put an unsightly dent in his figures. But it couldn't detract from the truth: Broad has been little less than heroic this summer, which wasn't necessarily the script many expected.

Despite the fact he's four years younger than his old mucker Anderson, it was Broad's body that was expected to break down first.

Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

And with the arrival of Jofra Archer, plus the rediscovered pace of Mark Wood – not to mention the speed of Olly Stone on Test debut against Ireland – Broad was in danger of being left behind by a new stable of thoroughbreds.

Certainly, Ed Smith, the national selector, was keeping a close eye on his output, unconvinced that Broad still had the capacity to run through a side, as he most famously did while taking eight for 15 to seal the Ashes at Trent Bridge in 2015.

The scrutiny, of which Broad has been aware, might actually have done him some good, for he has responded like a champion, reinventing himself in order to survive, and shouldering the burden in Anderson's absence.

More than that, he has prospered, at an age when many fast bowlers are considering the pipe and slippers.

Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At 33, Broad bowled faster than in many years and proved that he can still dominate batsmen

In five Tests this summer, he has taken 24 wickets at 22, the lowest average of any season he has played in, home or away.

He has pitched the ball up more than ever before, as if to answer an old grumble about aiming short of a length. And he has bowled faster than he has for years – 87-88mph rather than 82-83.

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He has also dominated one of the subplots of this Ashes, inflicting a nightmare series on David Warner, whom he has removed five times for a single-figure score while bowling round the wicket and cramping him for room.

That has simply confirmed his evolution. In the previous two Ashes, Broad aimed outside off in an attempt to find Warner's edge. The result? He failed to take his wicket even once.

This summer, he has brought Warner's stumps into play, opening up lbw and bowled, as well as threatening the outside edge.

Stuart Broad the unsung hero can hold his head high after impressive display despite Australia taking charge of fourth Ashes Test against England © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Broad celebrates with delight after dismissing Travis Head lbw early on Thursday morning

The ploy has worked a treat, neutralising Australia's second-best batsman. And he has repeated it against Australia's other left-handers.

When he trapped Travis Head leg-before on Thursday morning for 19, it was the third time he had removed him in the last three Tests.

Given the lack of support he has received from his team-mates in the field, Broad's tactic of bringing the stumps into contention is a sensible insurance policy. And if it means he has been driven more than usual as he goes in search of movement from a full length, it has been a price worth paying.

Suddenly, concerns that England might have to replace Anderson and Broad at the same time don't seem quite as pressing.

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